Originally Posted by belltree
Thank you for your link. But again, it only talks about FAS and not FAE. I agree, one drink once in a while won't cause FAS, but what are the chances for FAE, if people drink about a drink a day.
Good question. What are the chances? Lots of my mom's contemporaries drank when they were pregnant (I was born in '68). I can't remember the symptoms of FAE, but I did read about it quite a bit a few years ago, and I do recall that none of the children of those women ever exhibited any of those symptoms. (I don't know if any of this applies to me. I doubt if my mom drank when she was pregnant, as she didn't much like to drink, but I suppose it's possible she had an occasional beer.)
I'm personally not so much "laissez faire" about alcohol, as I'm of the opinion that taking a "I'm not taking the risk of a single drink" attitude is...odd. If there is any risk to "a single drink", it's never
been demonstrated, either through research or anecdotally. Certainly, many, many women - even those who won't drink during pregnancy - have consumed some alcohol in the early weeks, before knowing they were pregnant. As others here have pointed out, there have been many cultures where drinking alcoholic drinks (albeit fairly low alcohol, by percentage) has been the norm, for various reasons. The resultant epidemic of FAS/FAE babies that one would expect, if an occasional drink is so very dangerous, doesn't seem to have materialized.
I guess my feeling about it is that the few times I've had a drink while pregnant, I've never thought about it as "taking that chance". I don't believe I was taking any chance, and nobody has ever told me what chance (or risk or whatever) it is I'm supposed to have been taking by having a drink. They just say I shouldn't take it.